A new bedtime routine: Herbal Tea

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Having a cup of hot tea before bed is a long practiced tradition around the world. Bagged herbal teas found in stores are perfect, as most do not contain any caffeine. Some however do contain actual tea leaves, whether it be white, green, or black. This adds caffeine to your drink and will keep you awake, rather than aiding in sleep. When buying bagged herbal tea in a store, check the label to see if there’s caffeine.

An alternative to buying tea bags, is brewing herbal tea from fresh herbs and flowers you grow yourself.  I’ve started growing a few different herbs  and flowers in my backyard, allowing me to home brew herbal tea daily. Below is a simple oregano tea recipe, to which I add lemon. Any herb you like will work here. Try out different combinations of herbs, edible flowers, and other add-ins such as lemon and ginger. If you’re looking for something to help you fall asleep, try chamomile or lavender.

If you don’t have the space or time to grow herbs yourself, don’t fret. You can find them fresh at the store (or better yet a farmers market). Alternatively, buying dried herbs will also work in colder climates when fresh herbs aren’t available year round.

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Lemon Oregano Herbal Tea

Ingredients: 

  • 1 tbl of fresh oregano
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 cups water

What to do: 

  • Bring the water to a near boil. Boiling the water may crack the teapot (if using a glass one as I am).
  • Place the oregano in a teapot, pouring the water on top.
  • Allow the herbs and the tea to brew for about 5 minutes.
  • Squeeze in the lemon, strain into a cup, and enjoy!

*There are so many ways to make tea. Prepare this however you normally would, subbing the herbs for the tea bag. Other herbs and edible flowers to try include: mint (peppermint, spearmint), thyme, chamomile, lavender, and so many more!

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